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Gastvortrag "Style and (Literary) Translation"

Dienstag, 18.12.2018

von Simon Zupan (Universität Maribor) am 10.01.2019 um 17.00 Uhr im 33.1.104


Style has been the subject of writings on translation since antiquity. Stylistics as a scholarly discipline, however, only appeared in the second half of the 20th century and has since then established into a full-fledged scholarly discipline. Its development thus bears similarity with that of Translation Studies. Today, stylistics primarily concerns itself with the study of literary discourse from a linguistic perspective, i.e., analytical tools that were initially developed in linguistics are employed to describe various phenomena in literary texts. Stylistics has also been successfully employed in Translation Studies to compare stylistic features of source texts and their translations (e.g., Tabakowska 1993; Malmkjaer 2004; Boase-Beier 2006). The talk will explore other possible applications of stylistics in literary studies. It will comprise two parts: the first will provide an overview of key terms and concepts used at the intersection of stylistics and translation; the second will present a practical application of stylistics in translation, based on a stylistic analysis of E. A. Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” and its respective Slovenian translation. Special focus will be on the use of epistemic modality in the source and target texts.


Simon Zupan is Assistant Professor of Translation Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia. He is an active translator and conference interpreter. His main research interests include simultaneous and consecutive interpretation, literary translation, discourse analysis and stylistics. He has published or delivered around 40 papers in various national and international periodicals, monographs and conferences. He has also edited three volumes of essays on translation and conference interpreting. He is a member of various national and international academic and professional associations. In 2011, he was a Fulbright scholar and spent 9 months conducting research at SUNY Binghamton.

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